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Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3)non-profit education and community service organization. SFC responds comprehensively to hunger and diet-related health problem with prevention-oriented, bilingual (English and Spanish) programs, promotes self-sufficiency among individuals, families and communities, and supports local agriculture through policy initiatives at all levels and through local initiatives and programs. SFC address nutrition, child and youth development and disease as interrelated concerns. The Sustainable Food Center empowers individuals and communities to become healthier and more self-sufficient through the following bilingual programs: Â· The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre food, nutrition and cooking school provides low-income participants with better access to affordable, healthful food through training and hands-on acquisition of skills in food shopping, budgeting and meal planning; in nutrition and the USDA Food Pyramid, and in food preparation, cooking and storage techniques; Â· School and community gardens to increase local food production and to involve youth and families in healthful activities; Â· Farmersâ marketing program to improve economic viability for local farmers and increased access to fresh food among WIC program participants and other individuals in neighborhoods where transportation and food shopping options are limited; Â· Training and income-earning opportunities for youth and low-income families through enterprise programs and through team-teaching/peer-facilitator oportunities; and Â· Promotion of sustainable agricultural practices. Programs of the Sustainable Food Center incorporate outcomes and opportunities for children and youth, and share resources and program objectives with other organizations and community partners (approximately 35 organizations) to more effectively meet community needs.
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